2017 was a weird year. A very difficult, frustrating year in many ways, for many people.
But it was also an important year.
I only had one short prose story published, in a magazine, and a reprint of a short comic story in a comic anthology, as well as a second edition--paperback--of a prose book I had come out last year, which was my first in hard-cover, and a single comic issue.
That's a pretty light year, and mostly because several things fell through that I thought were basically locked-in. That's tough and it hurts.
But for the things that were published, I want to thank Occult Detective Magazine's editor John Linwood Grant for accepting my fourth Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder, Jordan Krall for publishing my collected Carnacki stories in THE CASTLE-TOWN TRAGEDY and Kurt Belcher for putting my story "Lucid Moments" in his comic anthology series and last, but certainly not least, my friend James W. Powell for publishing my comic THE GRUMPLEDOWNS GANG AND THE CASE OF THE MAIL-ORDER SHOGGOTHS under his Ten31 Publishing line.
I also had my first true novel, THIS ROUGH OLD WORLD, published this year.
Writing TROW was very difficult for me; despite having read thousands of novels (without any exaggeration) I went in without any idea of how to actually write one. I had written a few dozen short prose stories, and I've written many comic books, but neither is the same as writing a novel, and the process was a long, painful one of starts and stops for me over a period of nearly two years.
Eventually, I sat down and pounded out a first real draft of the novel in about six weeks, but it was missing a lot of the connective tissue that makes a real novel work. Again, my friend James Powell was absolutely invaluable in helping me beat it into shape, and the book is rightfully dedicated to him.
It was another year after finishing it that I found a publisher for the book, and I want to thank Travis Neisler and Sam Gafford at Ravenwood Publishing/Electric Pentacle Press for all their hard work in putting the book together as well as M Wayne Miller for the incredible cover art he did.
It's been a rough year, but some good came out of it. I hope 2018 will be better for everyone.